The Oklahoma House passed a bill banning the government from closing churches and places of worship in scenarios like the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The BPR.
“People came to this continent seeking religious freedom and to escape a tyrannical government, and our country’s founders had the wisdom to specifically outline the freedom to worship in one of our founding documents,” Oklahoma state Republican Rep. Brian Hill said.
“My faith, like many Oklahomans, is at the core of who I am, and this bill further protects our God-given right to worship.”
Oklahoma state Republican Rep. Jon Echols said, “This country was founded by individuals seeking freedom to worship in the manner they so choose without persecution.”
“I can think of nothing more patriotic than protecting those rights for future generations.”
“If the situation were to ever become so dire that church services needed to be canceled by the government all other similarly-sized and situated gatherings would also need to be canceled as well,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said.
I applaud @GregAbbott_TX for lifting his mask mandate and reopening his state.
It's the right thing to do.
That’s why Oklahoma has been open since last June.
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) March 3, 2021
“Statewide mask mandates have done little to flatten the curve and keeping businesses locked down kills jobs and hurts the state long-term,” Republican Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt wrote. “That’s why Oklahoma has been open since last June and I’ve trusted Oklahomans over mask mandates.”
“In America, the standard for normal is freedom,” he added. “It always has been, and it always should be.”
From The BPR:
At the beginning of the pandemic Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter promised Oklahomans in March 2020 that the state would not cancel church services at that time.
The state ultimately issued an order banning groups of 10 or more people, which effectively curtailed religious services in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.